The Links Golf Club and Indian Spring Country Club, both in Evesham, Pa., and Medford Lakes (N.J.) Country Club were attacked with large quantities of weed killer on multiple holes. The Links and Indian Spring estimated damage at each course to be around $100,000.
Vandals hit three Philadelphia-area courses using what is believed to be a large quantity of weed killer and causing hundreds of thousands of dollars in damage, the Levittown (Pa.) Philly Burbs reported.
The Links Golf Club and Indian Spring Country Club, both in Evesham, Pa., and Medford Lakes (N.J.) Country Club were recipients of the vandalism, the Burbs reported.
“We were hit real hard and I’d estimate the damage to be around at least $100,000,” said Links pro Dave Quinn. “This wasn’t just some random act. Someone knew what they were doing to do this much damage.
“We had severe damage on holes 3, 4 and 5 on the greens and the front of the greens and the fairway on No. 9. We’ve aerated and top-dressed and we’re getting back to what it should be. It hurt us with the amount of play we were getting. We were doing 100 to 115 rounds and that dropped down to 40 with all the damage.”
The damage at Indian Spring was just as extensive.
“We still have four temporary greens and we’re still working on the damage,” PGA Director of Instruction Frank Hesson said. “We got hit pretty good and the damage is around $100,000. It’s been a real tough one for us. Yes, we’ve lost some play but I’m not sure just how much. We’re in pretty good condition except for the damaged holes.”
Vandals targeted the 14th green at Medford Lakes Country Club.
“We’re back to normal now,” said Medford Lakes pro Brad Hare. “As far as I know they still haven’t caught the person who did this.”